A lovely Thanksgiving despite the rubbery turkey and college applications

JMJ  *We did end up having a lovely Thanksgiving with my in-laws, who are both in their 90’s and still getting around.  My brother-in-law, Paul also graced us with his presence.  Uncle Robert chose to stay home as he has done in recent years, but absolutely looks forward to the holiday trimmings sent back home, according to Paul and his folks.

Ring the School Bell 59/180 Days

This year I decided to go with the frozen pumpkin pie, and granted myself the luxury of watching the entire Macy’s parade instead of baking the pie.  My family was astonished that I would forego this almost-sacred tradition, but forgave me after promises were made to prepare a homemade version of the pie in the near future.  The turkey had a nice flavor but for some reason was a little rubbery and tough.  He was probably the lean, feisty one in the farmyard!

Sabrina spent the rest of the weekend frantically trying to write the perfect essays for UCLA, as well as a research paper for her English 101 class.  It was time to upload the piano audition recordings, but we had no clue as to how to format everything, as I mentioned yesterday.  The school offices were closed for the weekend, so no help could be sought anywhere.  Oh, what to do.

Sabrina showing gratitude to her piano instructor

Sunday, Sabrina entertained the audience, our friends and family, at the Steinway Gallery.  She performed her piano pieces beautifully and elegantly introduced each piece with such poise.  To say the least, her parents were quite proud.  Marianna and Gracie, her teachers current and former, were present, and Sabrina gratefully acknowledged their help in helping her grow as a musical artist.  After the performance, we went to our favorite Pasadena restaurant, Louise’s, for dinner with friends Sheila, Mike and Sharon.  Wonderful, wonderful afternoon.

We arrived back home at 7:30pm, and picked up where we left off.  Paul helped Sabrina polish up the essays, and finally uploaded the two essays at 11pm, with an hour to spare.  Hurray!

Everyone went to bed, except for me, that is.  Moms do what is needed.  I spent the next 3 1/2 hours alternating between uploading Sabrina’s music and cleaning up the house, which was quite in disarray.  Why the cleaning? Because tomorrow at 1:30pm, Sabrina is hosting a mini-recital of her piano students.  Luckily, I was able to sleep in so all is well!  I

An appropriate and funny anecdote I found on the college application website summed up the weekend quite well: “College application time- when otherwise happy teens throw tantrums as overbearing parents keep on asking is it done yet?  Remember tax time and putting that off, and back off your teen a bit.”  Well said!  I do need to let go a bit.

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.  Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year.  It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar.  Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”

Start here to get the story from the very beginning:


Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year.  Hope you will join us!

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette










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